No longer can the Glaucous Gull claim to be my North Carolina nemesis bird. I have chased birds in Manteo, the OBX and even one that was eating Cheetos from the hands of children on Wrightsville Beach. That last bird took off just before I got the beach because the children had run out of Cheetos. The bird below was seen on a Patteson Pelagic out of Hatteras and in fact joined us very shortly after leaving the inlet.
The second and third winter birds we get in NC are all white and make photography difficult even in ideal conditions. Adults birds are harder to come by and usually stick to the frozen North.